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#919023 - 07/16/17 04:06 PM Painter has done a terrible job
Mirry Offline
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Hi everyone

I have had a painter in for the last 6 days. He has only managed to paint the bonus room and bathroom in that time, thank god as he has done a terrible job. I told him today to stop painting and that I did not want the 2 bedrooms, hallway, stairs and entryway painted any longer due to the poor workmanship.

I have one question that I am sure I have the answer to but I would just like others opinions.

The baseboard and door trim have all been painted, but, the paint has not stuck and can be peeled off in places. I think this is because he has not prepped the surface before painting, would I be correct or do you have another theory. He has told me it is due to the humidity, but I am not thinking that is correct at all.

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#919026 - 07/16/17 04:26 PM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Mirry]
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The main thing that can cause peeling like that is applying latex(waterborn) paint over oil based. Please disregard the "primer and paint in one" coatings out now. I've not used them, but I'll bet they're only slightly better over oil.

Prep for that is an oil based primer. Just washing and sanding won't quite do it.

I have no doubt he used latex, and you can test the original paint using alcohol on a rag. Moisten well, and rub a spot for a bit. If no paint lifts onto the rag, it's oil.
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#919032 - 07/16/17 05:20 PM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Mirry]
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thank you mommapup for your assistance.

I am not a painter so I would not know whether the original paint was oil based or latex based, but is this something that the painter should of figured out before purchasing the paint and painting?

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#919034 - 07/16/17 05:30 PM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Mirry]
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Yes a "real" painter would know that.
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#919066 - 07/17/17 06:39 AM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Mirry]
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Yes, it's easy enough to check.
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#919095 - 07/17/17 11:25 AM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Mirry]
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Thank you everyone for your input, I greatly appreciate it.

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#919098 - 07/17/17 11:44 AM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Mirry]
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Problem is many people think they can paint, many can't.

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#919169 - 07/18/17 07:23 AM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Mirry]
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I would also recommend leaving alone what trim has been painted. Don't start picking at it. If it bubbles up, let it be for a couple weeks (unless you plan on stripping it all) and then cut (do not pull) the bubbles off, then touch up.

The reason being that latex peels easiest when it is recently dried. It will tend to grab more as it cures, which takes about 30 days. It gets 'harder', but latex 'never' totally hardens like oil (alkyd).

The touched up spots will probably be noticeable to you as there is no way to 'smooth' the edges of dried latex to make it blend, but it's better than nothing.

Granted, he probably didn't prep it properly, but there is the possibility that the peeling is occurring simply due to some surface contamination in those spots because it wasn't cleaned first.

Personally, I would let it set a bit and let what's going to bubble up do it, then deal with it.

He has created a possible mess for you, and it sounds like all you can do is minimize the damage.

Of course the other option is another hire a 'real' painter who will 'guarantee' the work 'before' he will get paid in full.

Also, the 'humidity' excuse is pretty funny ..... especially on an interior.


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#919833 - 07/27/17 10:20 AM Re: Painter has done a terrible job [Re: Able_Dog]
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Originally Posted By Able_Dog
Problem is many people think they can paint, many can't.
too true. going to steal this line.

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